Health Benefits of Sprouts

Bean Sprouts

Bean sprouts, or rather Mung Bean Sprouts, contain pure forms of vitamins A, B, C, and E, in addition to an assortment of minerals including Calcium, Iron, and Potassium.

Thanks to these vitamins & minerals, bean sprouts are a great health food. They are terrific in soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers. They also make a great healthy snack. Available fresh all year round, their delightful crunch and mild flavor are a welcome addition to many meals as an accompaniment or ingredient. The actual nutritional content is not sufficient as a total source of vitamins and minerals for the day; rather, they should be used in addition to other healthy, nutritious foods, and as a substitute for other less wholesome foods, such as rice and pasta.

The sprouts are free of cholesterol, and are great for anyone counting calories. One-half cup of mung bean sprouts contains only approximately 15 calories, 1.5 grams of protein, only 3 carbohydrates, and only .1 grams of fat. Sprouts are also an excellent source of fiber.

Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that play a vital role in the strength and growth of our bones and in the maintenance of a healthy body. It contains protein and vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It also contains calcium, potassium, carotene, iron, and zinc.

Alfalfa has been used by the Chinese for centuries to treat several health conditions. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients Alfalfa is believed to help with kidney problems, arthritis, the digestive process, lowering cholesterol, and preventing strokes. It is also good for cleansing the blood, liver and bowels.

They taste great in soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

One-half cup of alfalfa sprouts contains 10 calories, and are free of cholesterol. They contain a gram of protein, a gram of carbohydrates and less than a gram of fat.

Clover Sprouts

Clover sprouts provide a multitude of health benefits but their capacity as a blood tonic is a major specific attribute. Their dark green leaves indicate abundant chlorophyll. Some women have had relief from hot flashes and menopausal symptoms by including this chlorophyll rich superfood in their daily diet, according to author Isabel Shipard.

Health professionals consider the average western diet to be too high in processed foods laden with sugar and unhealthy fat. (Some fats are beneficial like omega-3 oil). These superfoods are an unprocessed whole food with abundant minerals and vitamins in an easily assimilated form. Their daily consumption can deliver general health improvement and increased energy levels due to their abundant anti-oxidant levels.
This abundance of highly active anti-oxidants offer some protection from the ongoing effects of aging according to Steve Meyerwitz. These effects are most obvious on our skin even after allowing for damaging effects of Ultra-violet radiation.

Perhaps the structural similarity of chlorophyll and hemoglobin molecules (except for the central atom being Magnesium (Mg) in chlorophyll and Iron (Fe) in hemoglobin) is why dark green wholefoods like these are so effective as blood cleansers and builders.

Along with Alfalfa, this wholefood is a preferred choice in many detoxifying regimes.

They also contain the most significant dietary sources of isoflavones of any superfood variety. Isoflavones have been credited with anti-cancer properties and are strong anti-oxidants.


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